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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is "abc 7 news." >> u.s. supreme court justice antonin scalia tonight is being remembered as the conservative rock of the nation's highest court. a live look at the white house. the president has ordered flags at the white house and across the country be flown at half-staff. good evening. i'm eric thomas. we'll get back to the passing of justice scalia in a moment. first, breaking news. firefighters are just getting a three-alarm fire under control in san francisco. let's go to abc 7's tiffany wilson. >> that's right. right across the street from where that fire began. you can see firefighters going into the building right there behind me. that three-alarm fire is now out. the firefighters expect to be here overnight, though, watching and looking for any hot spots. and just making sure that nobody
goes into these buildings. early reports had as many as 50 people being displaced. i just spoke with the assistant fire chief who says it's closer to 20 to 25 people displaced. there are members of the red cross standing next to me. so they are here on scene trying to assist those displaced individuals as best as they can. the assistant fire chief tells me no one was injured but one dog is still missing. the three-alarm fire began around 8:00 this evening. and the initial firefighters who arrived on scene found flames shooting out of the garage and the first floor. that fire quickly escalated to a second and then third alarm. the scientistant chief says the age of the home contributed to putting out this fire. >> we have two 50-foot ladders
here. we can't use our aerials. we put the ladders up fully extended to get to the roof. that was a challenge. >> reporter: take a look at this video shot by amateur photographer michael cunningham. he says he could feel the intense heat from where he was shooting the video. it gives you a perspective on how hot the fire was and how strong those flames were during the most intense moments this evening. fortunately, you can see the fire that initially started in this first house and spread to a second is now out. there are firefighters here on scene. they expect to be here all night long. traffic in this area will be a mess. they have some of the roads around here shut off. you can expect that if you are here tonight. 20 to 25 people displaced, but
no one seriously injured. tiffany wilson, abc 7 news. >> thanks. for breaking news updates on this fire and any other story, download our abc 7 news app and enable push alerts for immediate notifications. back to our other top story. the sudden death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. scalia died in his sleep at a private residence in south texas. he was considered the supreme court's most fiery conservative voice. his death leaves the court in limbo. there are four liberal leaning justices. the three conservative leaning judges are chief justice john roberts, samuel alito and clarence thomas. anthony kennedy has long been considered the more moderate swing vote. scalia's death will likely set off a struggle between the president and congress. lana zach has the story from washington. >> reporter: just scalia was
known for his razor sharp mind, costic wit and his passing leaves a tremendous hole. justice scalia was known as the conservative anchor of the supreme court. his sudden death was marked by republicans and democrats alike. >> he influenced a generation of judges, lawyers and students. and profoundly shaped the legal landscape. >> he'll go down as one of the great justices in the history of this republic. >> reporter: there's already a political battle brewing. mitch mcconnell threatening republicans will not confirm any obama nominee. the president saying he'll fulfill his constitutional responsibility. >> there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing. >> reporter: antonin scalia was the longest serving justice on the current united states supreme court. nominated by president ronald reagan in 1986. >> getting nominated to the
supreme court is the culmination of a dream, of course. and i'm greatly honored that the president would have such confidence in me. >> reporter: he was confirmed unanimously by the senate and became the first italian american member of the court. justice scalia died in his sleep of natural causes at a resort in west texas. he leaves behind a wife and nine children. he was 79 years old. though justice scalia was firm in his conservative beliefs, he had no problem reaching across the aisle, counting among his very closest friends liberal justice ruth bader ginsburg. >> justice scalia's death has already sent shockwaves through the presidential race. bay area experts say u.s. senate races could also be affected. sergio quintana is in the newsroom with that. >> reporter: if the republican
run senate didn't act on the president's nominees, it could focus attention on senators up for election. republicans are defending more seats than democrats. as many memorialize justice antonin scalia's conservative voice on the supreme court, president obama says he will nominate someone to replace him. >> in due time, there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate to fulfill its responsibility. >> bay area politicians and scholars analyzing how this will play out. jackie spear will not have a role in the confirmation process, but she knows the politics. >> it's a very tight wire that the senate majority will actually be walking because they could be seen as being obstructionist. >> reporter: supreme court confirmations can have a role in national races. some scholars say the contention confirmation of clarence thomas ushered in big changes in senate
races the following year in 1992. >> many consider that the year of the woman. senator feinstein, boxley, moseley braun all got elected. >> reporter: john trevino was a lawyer for the judiciary committee back then as dean of usf law school, he hosted justice scalia for a symposium here. he predicts president obama may be able to replace scalia in his term. >> the president may not get his first choice but at the end of the day you'll see president obama's nominee approved by the u.s. senate. >> reporter: the senate can affirm a nominee by a simple majority. in the case of a tie, vice president joe biden can cast the deciding vote. sergio quintana, abc 7 news. >> the last six justices were confirmed or withdrawn in 87 days or less. the senate took the longest coconfirm justice kagan. the longest supreme court nomination took president obama has 342 days
left in office. 11 justices have been confirmed inkjco election years. justice scalia's death took center stage at the republican presidential debate. moderators began with a moment of silence but the gloves quickly came off. tiffany wilson covered the debate and filed this story before heading out into the field tonight. >> reporter: the candidates offered condolences to justice scalia's family. >> he'll go down as one of the great justices in the history of this republic. >> and then discussed his replacement. >> we ought to let the next president of the united states decide who is going to run that supreme court by a volt by the people of the united states of america. >> it's called delay, delay, delay. >> reporter: folks disagree with that stance. >> they want to delay for the benefit of themselves. and it's -- i fund thind that t selfish attitude. >> reporter: it turned to foreign policy. >> we should have never been in
iraq. we have destabilized the middle east. >> well, donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. and i'm proud of what he did. >> the world trade center came down during the reign of bush. he kept us safe? that's not safe. >> reporter: donald trump also battled with ted cruz. >> if he supports federal taxpayer funding for planned parenthood. >> you are the single biggest liar. >> reporter: the intense exchanges led kasich to issue this warning. >> i think we're fixing to lose the election to hillary clinton if we don't stop this. >> reporter: in san francisco, tiffany wilson, abc 7 news. "the new york times" and several other news outlets speculated that california attorney general pamela harris is on the short list of potential supreme court nominees to replace scalia. the 51-year-old twice elected
d.a. of san francisco has declared her intention to run for the u.s. senate to replace barbara boxer. our coverage of justice scalia's passing continues on our website, abc7news.com. you can find more reaction from politicians on both sides of the aisle. still to come on abc 7 news at 11:00, a search for a missing 73-year-old man last seen in the bay area is growing increasingly desperate. also who is putting tacks in an east bay dog park. and after a mild day, record warmth on the way. we'll look at the numbers in the full accuweather forecast coming up. are you kidding me? >> later, the splash brothers go
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marshall gardner, the man mario woods was accuse of stabbing before san francisco police shot and killed him on december 2nd is showing his face for the first time in this exclusive video from dailymail.com. he spoke anonymously to abc 7 news on february 4th about woods stabbing him with a knife in the bayview neighborhood. it's the same knife officers say woods refused to drop before they shot him 20 times. >> it bothers me because it's something that i see often too much. i see too many just black men just get gunned down for no reason. >> the shooting death of woods prompted a call for change in the police department's use of force policy. the group people for the
ethical treatment of animals is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for placing 200 thumb tacks in a hercules dog park last week. it is not the first time tacks have been found in the dog park. peta is donating $1,000 to install security cameras in the park. family and friends of a missing 73-year-old man from alameda spent the day handing out flyers. john beck missed an appointment tuesday morning and was last seen boarding a b.a.r.t. train at the 12th street city center station. they think he was headed to san francisco. today they focused their search near the beach. >> it was the morning before he disappeared. >> beck is accused of running a get rich quick real estate scheme.
his daughter told the "san francisco chronicle" she doesn't think the judgment is connected to the disappearance. pope francis is right now resting at the vatican ambassador's residence in mexico city. he celebrated mass at the basilica of guadalupe. the pope demanded the catholic hierarchy help mexicans escape the violence corrupting and plaguing their nation with the drug trade threat. kabc in los angeles is in mexico for the pope's five-day visit. a special report coming up a little later. state police in pennsylvania are telling people to stay off the roads after a nasty pile-up that took all day to clear. three people were killed in this mess of mangled metal. about 100 miles west of philadelphia. sudden heavy snow and strong winds caused 50 vehicles to crash this morning including a bus carrying the penn state lehigh valley men's basketball team. no one on the team was seriously
hurt. more than 40 people went to the hospital. surf was up, way up in ocean beach today. the national weather service issued a high surf advisory from point reyes to the big sur coast. waves reached up to 20 feet earlier this afternoon. meteorologist drew tuma is here with a look at that and the weather. >> the waves are slowly coming down. the high surf advisory has been allowed to expire. right now rather quiet. live doppler 7 hd. high clouds passing through the area right now. dry. tower camera showing you the bright lights of san francisco under quiet conditions. the forecast includes sunshine and warmer temperatures. and warmer air arrives monday into tuesday. records are very likely. finally the return of wet weather. some rain moves in midweek next week. it's all about the mild numbers. 56 in san francisco. 54 in mountainview.
a cool 46 in napa. 52 in livermore. take a look at the valentine's hour by hour on sunday. early tomorrow morning, likely dealing with coastal fog. by noon, plenty of sunshine. warmg up nicely. by 4:00, around the bay. most spots are going to hover in the mid-70s. well above normal this time of year. warmer air moves in on monday. future tracker temperature shows you the north bay could be touching 80 degrees. cities around the immediate bay in the mid to upper 70s. record on tuesday hold in the mid to upper 70s. a record at 75. san jose 78. most spots will meet or exceed those numbers. records likely around here on tuesday. watch what happens on wednesday. temperatures drop like a rock. everyone back into the low and mid-60s. this coincides with our next storm. the storm impact, rating our
storms from 1 to 5. 1 is light, 5 is most severe. gives you a better idea of what to expect. the one is wednesday night is a 1. very light storm. light amount of rain and light winds associated. future weather, we jump ahead into wednesday evening. 7:00 on wednesday, likely tracking scattered showers out there. it doesn't last all that long. by early thursday morning, the system is exiting. and we're just tapering to lingering isolated showers. total rainfall, most spots hover around a quarter of an inch of rain. not a blockbuster storm but it's good to see this pattern chain since february has been so dry. overnight tonight, some high clouds moving through. upper 40s to 50s across the region. that sets the stage for a warm valentine's day across the bay. 71 san francisco. 76 in san jose. same in oakland. 78 napa. 79 in antioch. there's your accuweather forecast. tomorrow, heartwarming. flirting with 80s on monday.
temperatures drop back into the 60s. we see evening showers wednesday. and thursday morning, a little damp. a 1 on our storm impact schedule. friday and saturday, mixture of sun and temperatures holding in the 60s. >> drew, thanks a lot. still to come -- a sweet surprise in san francisco this valentine's day weekend. the envelopes filled with money popping up around the
dozens of people in san francisco are getting an unexpected treat. abc 7 news reporter melanie woodrow tweeted these pictures of envelopes filled with change taped to meters. no idea who is leaving the envelopes. melody says the most exciting part is watching people smile when they discover the envelopes but leaving the money for someone who needs to even more. looks like klay thompson didn't need much help today. >> he got extra money and
abc 7 sports brought to you by river rock casino. >> straight to toronto for the all-star saturday and nba three-point shooting contest. steph curry, the defending champ and klay thompson wanted to prove his stroke was as good as curry's. steph has to drain his last two shots to just to make it into the final round. clay were in the finals.
klay hit his final eight shots. finishing with 27 points and the three-point trophy stays with the warriors. klay thompson wins it. the first team in nba history to have a player from the same team win back-to-back. >> reporter: for the second year in a row, the three-point king is a splash brother. klay thompson got scorching hot on the final rack to beat out steph curry. >> i've never been on a team with someone who shoots it better than me. steph pushes me to be great. a reason i've gotten my percentage better. i learn so much from him. happy we're taking this back to the bay. and back-to-back years for the splash brothers. it's cool. >> you'll let him at least look at the trophy? >> he's got his own. he's good. >> he was on a mission. i was, too. wanted to go back-to-back and defend. he took it from me. >> now all that's left is for the game itself. three warriors playing in the all-star game for the first time
in 40 years. larry beil, abc 7 sports. moving day at pebble beach. last day for the celebrities to make the cut. phil mickelson has won four times. made a huge move to the top of the leaderboard. justin timberlake and carlton. 49er legend steve young, nice par save. also misses the cut. actor mark wahleburg just made the cut. a net eagle. bill murray didn't make the cut by signed autographs. phil mickelson shot a 6 under 66. birdies on 5, 6 and 7. he has a two-shot lead heading into sunday's final round.
16 under despite hitting only nine greens. kang shot a 70 yesterday. he's in third. >> as i look back at those other victories here, how special they were and how much it meant to play well here. i've got a little work to do to get my ball striking back to that level that i need it to be for tomorrow. >> this abc 7 sports report brought to you by river rock. coming up, hockey and college hoops and draymond green goes one on one with kev on hart at the all-star game. the pope's trip south of the border continues. why he says mexico has a bright future. >> and a mess of twisted metal kills at least three people. the surprise on the road that
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live from the kgo tv broadcast center, this is abc 7 news. >> good evening. i'm eric thomas. up to 25 people are out of their homes after a fire tonight in the alamo square area of san francisco. it started in a home at baker and fulton and spread to the house next door. the three-alarm fire is now out. no one was hurt and firefighters have just found a missing dog. they'll be there overnight watching for hot spots. because of all the smoke in the area, they are asking people nearby to close their windows and turn on their fans. tonight there are big shoes to fill on the supreme court following the passing of conservative justice antonin scalia. the 79-year-old died of natural causes at a texas ranch this morning. president obama will nominate someone to replace scalia. mitch mcconnell is threatening the senate will not approve his
nominee. republicans running for president offered condolences to scalia's family at a debougatde. they differed on who should suggest his replacement. impactful words for residents of mexico. >> reporter: as pope francis appeared on the streets of mexico city, he brings something far greater than celebrity. he brings home. 2 million people have emerged from their home to get a glimpse of him. it's his words that have the most impact. in his speeches today he dove right in to the heavy issues that burden this country. he talked of mexico's violent drug trade. >> translator: i am particularly
concerned about those many persons seduced by the empty power of the world and embrace the macabre symbols to commercialize death in exchange for money. >> reporter: the pope shined a light on corruption and poverty. but in his speech in front of the president of mexico, and many other powerful dignitaries, in his own kind comforting way points out the solution is, in fact, that half this country is made up of the young. this offers hope and future prospects, the pope says. a people with a youthful population is a people able to renew and transform itself. >> there he goes. that's the pope. >> reporter: our cameras captured the excitement of his route through the city. citizens are grateful for the pope's bold work. >> it's so important. he's the best person to give that message. i think that will make more
people to get it. >> we need to listen with the heart so we can make changes in our lives. mexican citizens have the -- they have the right and obligation to do a better mexico and a better world. >> reporter: the end of a very busy day for pope francis. 24 hours from right now he's going to be right here at the national auditorium making another important speech. reporting from mexico city, david ona. in pennsylvania, a sudden blast of snow n wind cause ed dozens of cars to pile up. ava pilgrim reports from west of philadelphia. >> reporter: it seemed to come out of nowhere. blinding snow triggering this massive pile-up killing three people, leaving 40 injured. >> we have at least 15 people trapped. >> reporter: more than 50 vehicles on i-78 in pennsylvania caught in the crash.
five medical choppers racing to the scene. one moment the road was clear. the in white-out conditions. >> have all ems come to 78 and go westbound in eastbound lanes. >> reporter: snow catching drivers off guard. >> just sounded like two bombs went off. a couple of people laying out and trucks and cars all smashed. cars underneath tractor trailers, in between tractor trailers. >> dozens of ambulances shuttling some of those drivers to a local fire house to keep them out of the bitter cold. tonight everyone has been rescued but cars and trucks still scattered on the interstate. officials asking people to stay off the roads unless they absolutely need to travel. a virginia man is being called a hero after risking his own life to save a man trapped in a burning car. 51-year-old meredith conyers sr.
was on his way to work when he noticed a car with smoke billowing from it. conyer epss conyers' first instinct was to see if there was anybody in the car. >> i pulled him through the window and pulled him ten feet from the car. by that time the car was engulfed in flames. >> conyers does not consider himself a family. the young man's family is grateful for his bravery. new details on two blow gun dart attacks on the golden gate bridge. one was vufting from can do, the other from mexico. they are continuing to search for suspects. both suspects were walking north to vista point yesterday afternoon when they were hit in the thigh and knee. paramedics treated them at the scene. muni riders are mission street were taken by surprise. a dozen bus stops had been taken out of service.
abc 7 news reporter lilian kim has the story. >> reporter: muni riders showed up at their usual stop only to discover the buses were driving right past them. changes have begun on mission street. a busy corridor where people ride a muni bus on this stretch 65,000 times a day. >> it's always better to have more stops than fewer stops. >> i guess i need to go down one street. maybe it's not the worst thing in the world. >> reporter: flyers are postod muni stopped and being handed out. 12 stops have been taken out of service. seven going toward downtown. five toward daley city. >> some are upset. older people are upset. what can i do? >> reporter: it's all part of a plan to ease traffic flow and make the muni ride faster. some are worried about safety. >> especially if you are walking alone at night. you don't want to walk too far. if you are a woman. a lot of my female co-workers
take that bus. >> reporter: removing bus stops is the first step. red transit only lanes will soon be added and later left turn restrictions will be implemented. it could save you 5 minutes each way. >> that's significant enough, you think? i don't know. it's something. i'll tell you that. >> reporter: the $3.8 million project is being paid for by voter approved bonds. the changes are expected by the end of april. lilian kim, abc 7 news. baseball is right around the corner when the giants host their annual fan fest. abc 7 news was at at&t park as thousands of fans put on their orange and black and got a chance to meet their favorite players. >> fueled the love for them and the fans were cheering. it was just like this really awesome community. >> we're walking around earlier with a hot dog. >> you never know who you are
going to bump into it. >> who was right in front of me? >> hunter pence. >> others took pictures with the mascot. a valentine's day message from the romanticist in chief. >> somebody call the situation room because things are about to get hot. also, the abandoned puppies on the road to recovery tonight and in search of loving homes. i'm meteorologist drew tuma. warm temperatures. mild air works in tomorrow as well before we track our next chance of rain
san rafael, south bay, pleasanton and all the bay area. his is abc 7 news. >> 12 abandoned puppies found in a remote area of arizona are recovering. they were malnourish and clearly were left there to die. they'll be put up for adoption in a few weeks once they're healthy again. valentine's day is tomorrow. many couples exchange gifts and flowers. the first couple exchanged love poems on national tv at the ellen degeneres show. ♪
>> somebody call the situation room because things are about to get hot. >> roses are red, violets are blue, you are the president and i am your boo. >> i obamacare about you even more than you know. that's right. obamacare. but, michelle, i've made a lot of great decisions as president. the best decision i ever made was choosing you. thanks for putting up with me. i love you. and ellen, happy valentin a day. >> that's how you stay married for decades. meteorologist drew tuma is here. >> can't wait to see the poem schuman comes up with me tomorrow. temperatures show you by midday, the lunchtime hour warming up. right around the water, most
spots mid to upper 60s. tomorrow evening, equally as delightful. clear skies and temperatures very comfortable in the 60s across the board. then we'll track rain moving into the forecast midweek next week. on the storm impact scale. we grade them from 1 to 5. 1 being light. that's what this one coming in on wednesday will be. we're expecting light amounts of rain. probably going to end up around a quarter of an inch. jump ahead into wednesday nighttime. the system is going to dive in from the north. showers developing wednesday afternoon into the evening hours. we get into thursday morning. the system starts to depart off to the north and east. thursday morning, 6:00, we're tapering to light isolated showers. here's the accuweather forecast. tomorrow is heartwarming. monday flirt with 80s. records likely on tuesday. sunshine and warmth by
wednesday. temperatures drop back into the 60s. even showers likely thursday. and friday and saturday dry with lingering clouds and temperatures back into the 60s. >> you've informed the audience and made this a humans day. >> roses are red. violets are blue -- >> no, i want time, creativity, money. steph curry and klay thompson making noise at the all-star game. draymond green gets called out by comedian kevin hart. all 5'4" of him. their shootout next in sports.
the sharks honor their minor league head coach who became the ahl's all-time wins leader. an avid fisherman, they bought him a boat. 1-0, sharks. later in the period, bret burns, a nice pass. redirected it. 2-0. third period, 2-1 sharks. hit with a high stick so it doesn't count. deflects the bret burns shot. the sharks go on to win, 4-1. let's head to toronto for the all-star saturday and nba three-point shooting contest. steph curry is the defending champ but klay thompson knows he has a purer step. top dog in round one. 22 points. steph had to drain his last two shots to make it into the finals. steph, booker and klay in the
finals. klay hit his final eight shots. finished with 27 points. three-point trophy stays with the warriors. klay thompson wins it. first time a team has different players from the same team win it. >> i was like, is this deja vu? i hope -- i was happy i got lucky at the end. >> i thought i had a higher score. fee feeling a lot better. more rhythm on the shots and the racks. what klay did was fun to watch. under pressure. knowing what number he had to hit, and he did it. actor/median kevin hart called out draymond green in the three-point competition. kevin hart is only 5'4". everyone thought this was a laughable moment. but he tied dra mond.
they brought out a trophy with draymond's picture on it expecting it. oops. >> san jose's eric gordon and the orlando magic. the defending champion zach lavine pulled off two from the foul line. lacking imagination but he gets the win. i think gordon got jobbed but it's all in good fun. oregon facing stanford after losing to cal on thursday. the ducks came in with some attitude and laid another egg. the cardinal pulled off the upset. the ducks drop out of the top 20 with back-to-back losses. 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. 9 of 12 shooting, including this lay-in for 25 points. oregon down two. humphr humphrey, the rejection.
stanford upsets oregon. cal hosting oregon state at haas. jabari byrd, 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. finished with 23 pointed, 7 boards and a great dunk. jalen brown added 15. top ten highlight worthy dunk. oh, my, and the foul. cal wins. they are 7-5 in conference play. undefeated at home. st. mary's facing loyola marymount. raining threes. 11 of 20 yard the arc. stephan gonzalez. st. mary's wins. ninth straight 20-win season. now 20-4. wallace brian on hand to watch the ducks take on san diego. two of the 18. watson, 11 points. gets around two defenders. passes another one. lays it in on the other end.
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